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Around the Forest: Toronto FC suspend all Supporters Groups indefinitely

Also: All is not well in San Jose, Rapids schedule Friendly in the middle of September, Zack Steffen ponders future and more!

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Quick Strikes | Timbers kick off longest homestand in MLS era against Montréal Impact | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers kick off a month-long homestand as they face off against the Montréal Impact, Saturday night at Providence Park (8pm PT, FOX 12 PLUS). Here are five numbers to know for #PORvMON in the latest edition of Quick Strikes.

Portland Thorns must navigate key absences as they aim to pick up win at Sky Blue |
The Portland Thorns will have no choice but to make some key lineup changes Saturday when the club travels to face Sky Blue FC as the team loses four significant players to the U.S. Women's National Team.

Major League Soccer

Columbus Crew SC, Zack Steffen in discussions about the future - Massive Report
Gregg Berhalter and the goalkeeper have engaged in talks about the offers the keeper has recently received.

Toronto FC suspends recognized supporter groups indefinitely -
Toronto FC has suspended the privileges of all recognized supporter groups in the wake of Wednesday night's incident at the Canadian Championship semifinal between the Reds and host Ottawa Fury.

GM Jesse Fioranelli is at the epicenter of San Jose Earthquakes' troubles
The San Jose Earthquakes have won just twice in 19 MLS contests this season, and many of the Quakes' woes can be traced back to GM Jesse Fioranelli.

Choking On Our Words: Ramirez responds through goal, “sitting duck” celebration - E Pluribus Loonum
The response was hardly unexpected from the player.

PRO’s explanation of missed penalty only opens more room for criticism - Sounder At Heart
Supposedly, the broadcast angle was better than whatever VAR looked at.

Bayern Munich fly in LA Galaxy, Sporting KC talents for secret trial - Bavarian Football Works
Cameron Duke and Ulysses Llanez have arrived in Munich for a secret trial as the Bavarian giants continue their search for the next American starlet.

Rapids schedule exhibition match in Memphis in September... why? - Burgundy Wave
Because Tim Howard is an advisor for the Memphis USL side.

Settled in with DC United, Yamil Asad still admires former coach Martino |
Leaving Atlanta United has done little to diminish Yamil Asad’s reverence for Five Stripes manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino.

Crew SC "concerned" about scoring woes, as they aim to fix issue |
Through the beginning of June, all was going perfectly for Columbus Crew SC

United States

The Weekly Rekrap: Pass ‘em out - Stars and Stripes FC
I miss the World Cup already

Setting the Table Week 20 - Steffen's Value, Quintero's Arrival, and Fagundez's Production — American Soccer Analysis
Welcome to Setting the Table. Each week we take some time to focus on the best chance creators in MLS from the last weekend. If you want to see the best chances that were wasted check out Lowered Expectations. Here we focus on chances that ended with the ball in the back of the net.

Expected Narratives: The Loony All-StaHres Edition — American Soccer Analysis
They say time flies by when you’re arguing over video review, and would you look at that? We’ve crossed the halfway threshold in the 2018 edition of Major League Soccer.

World Soccer

Reports: Conte to sue Chelsea over how firing was handled
According to reports in Italy, and backed up by those in England, Antonio Conte is planning to sue Chelsea over the way the club handled his exit this summer.

AC Milan's Europa League ban over FFP breach overturned by CAS
Milan's exclusion from the Europa League would have meant Atalanta taking their place in the group stage.

Chelsea need 'best player' Eden Hazard to stay - Cesc Fabregas
Chelsea are focused on keeping Hazard and plan to resume talks over a new long-term contract in the coming weeks.